Smart Cities — A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity

As we further congregate in cities, it has become more important to make cities not only green, but also efficient. As a result, we are now seeing some early examples of what I would describe as eco-friendly cities. There are several cities that are focusing on specific aspects that help it run efficiently, such as on their transport, energy and waste management. In example, implementation of smart grids is being pushed heavily for smart energy management. Major energy companies like GE are building and operating smart grids for cities such as Atlanta for a monthly fee through a cloud platform.While smart energy is essential, it is not the only aspect of a Smart City. A more coherent view of what exactly a Smart City is was made by my team at Frost & Sullivan, who scanned through numerous Smart City projects and initiatives currently undertaken globally and found some key parallels among them. We identified eight key aspects that define a Smart City: smart governance, smart energy, smart building, smart mobility, smart infrastructure, smart technology, smart healthcare and smart citizen.

via Smart Cities — A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity.

via Smart Cities — A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity.

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Chicago And Big Data | TechCrunch

Chicago’s calling it “The Array of Things” AoT. Temperature, humidity, light, sound, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, motion, low-resolution infrared, cell phone signals, and foot traffic via Bluetooth are among the metrics being used to better understand the city and the interaction which occurs among its residents and visitors. It will be done with about 500 sensors installed cumulatively over a period of three years. The data, hardware and software will be open source, which is expected to promote transparency and invite independent developers to come up with their own applications. There will be no surveillance devices incorporated into the array.

via Chicago And Big Data | TechCrunch.

Appboy Secures $15 Million in Series B Round

“Traditional marketers have been using CRM and conversion-testing platforms for years, however, those conventional techniques do not translate perfectly to mobile,” added Doug Pepper. “As marketers become more experienced, it will be crucial to adopt techniques to effectively cultivate personal relationships with their audiences. Appboy is successfully bringing marketing automation to the mobile space in a way others have yet to master.”

via Appboy Secures $15 Million in Series B Round.

Why Twitter Should Not Algorithmically Curate the Timeline — The Message — Medium

What else will a curated feed optimize for? It will almost certainly look more like television since there is a reason television looks like television: that’s what advertisers like. There will be more celebrities. There will be more pithy quotes. There will be even more outrage, and even more lovable, fluffy things both are engaging, and remember, algorithms will optimize for engagement. There will be more sports and television events. There will be less random, weird and otherwise obscure content being surfaced by the collective, networked judgement of the users I choose to follow.

via Why Twitter Should Not Algorithmically Curate the Timeline — The Message — Medium.

The Smart Home Is Going To Be A Huge Boon To Accessibility | TechCrunch

More recently, a raft of new smart home products have been coming to market, both from traditional consumer electronics companies and startups alike, helped by the rise in crowdfunding via platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Unlike the uber smart home systems traditionally sold by smart home specialists, however, these new generation of products tend to take a small pieces, loosely joined approach that makes it easier and cheaper to dip a toe in the smart home waters.The disadvantage, of course, is that discrete devices, by their very nature, don’t always talk to one another, requiring a separate app each to operate, and aren’t nearly as smart as they could be. But that too is changing.For iOS users, Apple has unveiled HomeKit, its own somewhat locked down platform for integrating third-party smart home devices, letting them interact with each other, as well as with Apple’s Siri.Google-owned Nest is also opening up through its “Works with Nest” developer program, which positions the company’s Nest Learning Thermostat as the hub of the smart home, enabling other apps and devices to utilise the smart thermostat’s motion sensor and feed into its self-learning capability.Others vying to become a smart home standard are Quirky’s Wink, and Samsung-acquired SmartThings. The Internet of Things ‘recipe’ service IFTTT is also doing a good job at providing some level of interoperability between disparate smart devices.It’s still early days, however, and this is reflected in the cobbled-together nature of my own smart home setup. It currently sports a Hive smart thermostat from British Gas, two sets of smart lightbulbs from Philips and LIFX, a Belkin smart plug and motion sensor, and an Apple AirPlay-enabled home audio system.But, while my approach has been tentative so far, I’ve already experienced enough first-hand to know that, just like other enabling technology before it, the smart home has the potential to change my world for the better.

via The Smart Home Is Going To Be A Huge Boon To Accessibility | TechCrunch.

via The Smart Home Is Going To Be A Huge Boon To Accessibility | TechCrunch.

How Apple can succeed in mobile payments with NFC, iBeacon, the iPhone 6 and iWallet — Tech News and Analysis

The reason my iPhone surfaced my Starbucks Card last week was because it detected I was near the coffee shop. It can do this with GPS, Wi-Fi or both and it’s pretty handy. Apple can take things a step further, though, with iBeacon.Perhaps the wallet app or Passbook pops up a coupon or other promotion when iBeacons recognize I’m actually just outside or in a store. Better yet, since iBeacons can pinpoint indoor proximity to a more precise level, my iPhone could realize when I’m in the checkout line of a store. The wallet app or store card for that particular location could magically surface just the right card so I don’t have to fumble around with a dozen piece of plastic in my physical wallet. Think of it as a contextual experience when paying: The right time, place and card.

via How Apple can succeed in mobile payments with NFC, iBeacon, the iPhone 6 and iWallet — Tech News and Analysis.